For the past week, it seems like Frank Ocean has been everywhere — but many people aren’t sure why or even have a clue who he is (“Is he related to Billy Ocean?”). It began on July 4 when the relatively-unknown R&B singer let his own freedom ring by revealing his first love was a man in a post on his Tumblr blog. Although his brave act earned him praise from everyone from Beyonce to Russell Simmons, still many shrugged their shoulders. On Monday night, the 24-year-old made his TV debut when he performed his song “Bad Religion” on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” with the Grammy-winning The Roots as his backing band. Today, Ocean’s first album, Channel Orange, which features appearances by John Mayer and Outkast’s Andre 3000, was released on iTunes a week ahead of schedule due to overwhelming demand. At the top of the worldwide trends on Twitter at this moment? #ChannelOrange and #BadReligion.
So who is Frank Ocean and why should we care?